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Commentary: Geriatric Endocrinology: An Important Competency for Endocrinologists in an Aging Society

As the population ages, endocrinologists will be faced increasingly with older patients with endocrine disorders who may present difficult clinical challenges. Fortunately, the Endocrine Society is poised to improve the “geriatric competency” of endocrine practitioners, researchers, and trainees. According to a 2015 United Nations World Population Ageing Report, the number and proportion of older persons...
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Case of the Month ESAP Special Edition: Diabetes and Aging

esap cover This issue highlights a special edition of ESAP, available for a limited time. Test your clinical knowledge with this free case to discover the rich intellectual legacy of endocrinology. Available on the online store. Clinical Vignette A 63-year-old man is referred for management of diabetes mellitus. His history is remarkable for adrenal insufficiency that occurred...
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Low Blood Glucose Levels in Hospitalized Patients Linked to Increased Mortality Risk

In hospitalized patients, hypoglycemia is associated with increased mortality risk, according to a study recently published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. The paper comes as a coalition of diabetes stakeholders issues a strategic and actionable blueprint to address the deadly threat hypoglycemia poses to people with diabetes. (See the special section on...
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Menopausal Hormone Therapy Improves Bone Health

Women who undergo hormone therapy for menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes may be able to increase bone mass and improve bone structure, according to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Researchers led by Georgios Papadakis, MD, of the Lausanne University Hospital in Lausanne, Switzerland point out that menopausal...
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I’m Still Here: Diabetes & The Aging Patient

As diabetes patients are living longer, endocrinologists are finding themselves faced with a unique set of treatment challenges not often found in younger patients. From cognitive function to cultural norms, treating older diabetes patients is much more complicated than ever before. During the Endocrine Society’s 97th annual meeting in San Diego, Pendar Farahani, MD, MSc,...